Secretary of Defense Forces Marines to Disarm

In what many in the military are calling an unprecedented attack on our military, 200 Marines at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan were forced to disarm and leave their weapons outside of the camp. The orders were given to 200 Marines who were gathered to hear U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta speak.

This is a very troubling story! Normally the Marines are always supposed to have their weapons with them in a war zone. And in the past they have always been allowed to keep them no matter who was speaking. And why wouldn’t they – they are supposed to be the ones protecting these political figures in the war zone.

According to local reports, a Sergeant Major abruptly told the Marines who were waiting to hear Secretary Panetta speak to get up and remove their weapons. They were then forced to leave their weapons outside, including M16 and M-4 automatic rifles and 9 mm pistols, and return unarmed.

The sergeant major, Brandon Hall, told reporters he was just acting on orders.

“All I know is, I was told to get the weapons out,” he said. Asked why, he replied: “Somebody got itchy, that’s all I’ve got to say. Somebody got itchy; we just adjust.”

In my opinion, this is an insult to every Marine that has been asked to put their life on the line for this country. To think that our government would force anyone in the military to disarm is almost beyond belief.  To put it into context, it would be like asking your local police department to disarm when a local dignitary was in town.

These are the people who are supposed to be “the protectors”…. the fact that the government has now signaled they don’t trust our military is very troubling.


  1. ArmedPatriot
    March 14, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Panetta is a traitor and a criminal. What he did should be front-page headlines in every newspaper in the country and Congress should demand his resignation.

    • hisbilly
      March 14, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      This is why we should have never let marxists in the first place the left-wing liberal voted and or forced this change on us. we are no longer a nation with huevos, the american left turned use into pussies

      • Rob
        March 17, 2012 at 7:47 am

        People you keep switching the sides of Liberal and Conservative. Conservatives were the ones back in the day that didnt want the public to have guns and wanted to keep them under control.. hence the term conservative! Meaning wanting the old ways!! A liberal by definition is someone who has progressive ideas and thinks somewhat out of the box. Like gun rights and things like that. We have conveniently altered the meaning to match our political partys but this these bastardized meanings have actually been reversed! Get the clue. A liberal is someone who is more prone to be a survivalist and want less govt. per the definition of the word. Stop switching the terms!! Anyway this is a complete insult to the military, and sorry to say I wouldnt mind a military unit marching in the capital and white house and arresting every worthless politician in there for treason! Sick of this damn govt and its crap!!

        • James G. Borden
          March 19, 2012 at 11:30 am

          The term conservative has always meant having a strict interpretation of the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights as written by our Founding Fathers.

          Liberal has always meant bullshit!

      • margaret_tull
        March 20, 2012 at 9:30 am

        those ideots are just that dumb asses

    • Greg Loftus
      March 14, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      The lack of respect towards the Marines insults everyone that ever served. If you want them disarmed bring them home. unarmed in war zone is just plainn stupid. Greg

      • The Truth Hurts
        March 19, 2012 at 6:43 pm

        Since the Generals and Politicians like to say, “We have an all VOLUNTEER ARMY” Go ahead and try to UN-Volunteer… Give it a shot.. lol

    • troy
      March 14, 2012 at 8:47 pm

      Panetta is not the only one all of our so called leaders need to go, our career politicians are all scum, our kids are over fighting for this country and the deck is stacked against them, because of these freaks…….come on people we have to replace them with some descent non political hard working people that have our country and our soldiers in their hearts.

  2. David Wurz
    March 14, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    This action is the most disgraceful thing a Gov’t official can do to our military!!! I want his resignition ASAP!!!

  3. Robert
    March 14, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    What’s not being reported in this article that was reported in others, “the Afghan soldiers that were present were told first to disarm. Then the marines were ordered to follow suit out of respect of the visitors.”

    • Jim
      March 14, 2012 at 4:20 pm

      You sir are a complete idiot. Who gives a crap if the Afgans were not armed. Since when did the security of our troops take a back seat to some idiot Afgans feelings?

      AFGAN SOLIDIERS just killed 2 Americans I would hope the hell they were disarmed you idiot. They shouldn’t even be allowed on an AMERICAN BASE.

      The simple fact is you have no clue about what you are talking about and you have no clue about military procedures. Stop trying to push the liberal military hating left wing propaganda that you probably just heard on MSNBC.

      THE MARINES ARE NEVER ASKED TO DISARM IN A WARZONE. What part of that do you not get? THIS WAS A TREASONOUS ACT Designed to demoralize our troops and give comfort to our Enemy.

      • Casey
        March 14, 2012 at 4:32 pm

        Jim, funny you call someone out for not having a clue. i recall 3-4 months ago working in an office on our base in afghanistan, which is entered partly THROUGH AN AFGHAN BASE. I used to encounter several ANA personnel on a daily basis, coming in to visit with Army/DOD personnel, eat lunch, etc. (they were always escorted. making a knee-jerk comment to something YOU SAW ON TV is kind of an ironic reaction to what robert said. Maybe you should wake up and think before you make another dumbass comment and make yourself look stupid.

        • Jim
          March 14, 2012 at 4:40 pm

          And what exactly did I say that was wrong? I said they shouldn’t allow Afgans on the base that’s my opinion!

          And the fact is no Marines have ever been asked to Disarm when a Secretary of Defense is present.

          And the whole making the Afgans sad part of what he is claiming is a lie. On many occasions Unarmed Afgans have been present and no one was ever asked to disarm because of their poor little feelings. In fact, If I would have ever been asked I would have told them where they could go.

        March 14, 2012 at 7:54 pm

        You are soooo right!

          March 14, 2012 at 7:56 pm

          >>>>It was to you, Jim!

    • ArmedPatriot
      March 14, 2012 at 4:24 pm

      Hmmmm. Well from your logic maybe we should all turn in our guns because we wouldn’t want to offend the criminals. Your reasoning is flawed at best, Dangerous as Hell in my opinion.

      There is no reason to ever surrender your gun in a war zone. What if the base was attacked? Who would have protected that Traitor Panetta? Hmm. well at least we spared someones feelings, I’m sure that would have made the families feel better if there loved ones were killed.

  4. Tim Harp
    March 14, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Could there be fear in an Obama cronie? I would have left and looked upon that traitor.

  5. old soldier
    March 14, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Agree with ArmedPatriot: what if the base had been attacked? It would’ve been a massacre. Kinda like that scene in “Outlaw Josey Wales” when the the “boys” were told to turn in their arms, then were shot. Re: the incident reported. Few remember what happened during the Civil War when their was the same kind of fear when General McCellan, commander of the largest Union Army at that time, was relieved of command.The politicians were afraid there would be a military coup as a result. Having military disarm when a major political figure is to speak indicates fear. Fear of what??

  6. Ron Munyon
    March 14, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Mr. Panetta. If you can’t handle being around Real American Hero’s, keep your ass out of the war zone. Your actions endangered the safety of our troops. These Marines have a hard enough job without you doing something this damn stupid. You showed a major lack of intelligence by having Marines disarm in a war zone. Next time you think about visiting the troops, why don’t you stay at home and just send a video. At least that way, you won’t be jeopardizing the lives of our American Hero’s.

  7. AJ
    March 14, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    I was on leatherneck in 2010 for a couple weeks. They were not in any danger by leaving their weapons, we were told it was mandatory to leave them in the tent if we went to workout, theres plenty of security on that base. That being said, this is still bullshit. I would have grabbed my rifle and walked my happy ass right out of there. I wouldn’t have left my weapon laying around when there were afghans arounds, they are shady as fuck at best.

  8. Prepping Preacher
    March 15, 2012 at 2:33 am

    true core idiocy… there is no other explanation… Remember the Beruit Barracks attack…

  9. Owl Creeper
    March 15, 2012 at 3:48 am

    Hey does anyone remember Iwo Jima stories? I think an order was given to the troops to turn in their amunition near the end of the battle and that evening, 150 Japs stormed a camp with swords and mayhem occcured. No active duty person should have to leave their weapon or amo in a war zone especially around these “Cavemen!”

  10. Current 'Joe'
    March 15, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Casey, let me ask you this. Have you had to carry a weapon because it is your job, your defense for yourself and your squad? Have you had to walk outside the wire, pull security late in the morning, watching both your surroundings and the local army personnel with you? Have you had someone you work with, get smoked by an individual who is supposedly your ally?

    I’m pretty sure if you do a quick search, you’ll find enough stories of local nationals turning on the U.S. soldiers who were working with them. Tell me, would you give two shits then if you hurt their feelings by telling them to be disarmed when coming onto YOUR base? I personally don’t. I admit it, I’m a prick. But I’ll be damned if I let me and my guys get waxed because I’m too worried about someone else’s feelings. Carry a rifle 25km over mountainous terrain or valleys with the possibility of stepping on an IED if not shot at. Watch these people outside the wire. Then tell me if you honestly care if their feelings get hurt. Tell me if you would honestly surrender your means to fight and survive for the sake of someone else’s feelings. Tell me you would honestly give the enemy a moment, a window where your guard is down. Something tells me, our feelings are the last thing on their minds. Prove me wrong.

    • Casey
      March 16, 2012 at 6:32 am

      my comment was about letting LN’s on the base, not disarming them. Their feelings were not part of my job. Our guards thouroughly searched them every time they entered, with one of us supervising them. Read my comment a little better before you go ranting on about feelings

  11. DEEDEE
    March 15, 2012 at 11:30 am

    This is a Complete Disgrace!!!Never in the History of the United States- a ONCE GREAT COUNTRY- have Our Military EVER Been FORCED to DISARM in a WARZONE!!! IF YOU THINK- this is OK- you are a COMPLETE MORON!!! DO ALL OF US AMERICANS a FAVOR and STAY HOME on ELECTION DAY!!!!! WAKE UP and STOP drinking the BONG WATER!!!!! TRUE AMERICANS DONT WANT COMMUNISTS RUNNING OUR COUNTRY- and after THIS episode- I am CONVINCED we have COMMUNISTS trying to RUIN our Country-and OUR ONCE GREAT REPUTATION!!!!! All of you socialistic vastards make me sick!!!! All of YOU!!!! And I would bet-NOT ONE OF YOU THAT “thinks” this is OK- has EVER FOUGHT FOR THE FREEDOM YOU Receive everyday!! Not a one of you!! You bunch of pansy assed babies!!! Go suckle with your mommy! WAKE UP or SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Mountainman
    March 15, 2012 at 11:50 am

    To all those who wouldn’t give up their weapons and who think this is complete BS- I am in total agreement with you!! Does anyone with more knowledge of the UCMJ and/or the Geneva Convention even know if this was a lawful order? My gut feeling tells me this is an unlawful order because it increased the danger level for our troops. Here’s a better question: If all of us who have served or are currently serving took an oath that in part states that we will defend the Constitution (and America by extension) “…against all enemies foreign and DOMESTIC…” then, precisely when does someone become a domestic enemy? Surely the Attorney General by arming Mexican drug cartels that resulted in the death of a US customs agent, would qualify as a domestic enemy? Now we have the Secretary of Defense asking our troops to disarm themselves in a hostile country? How is that not the act of a domestic enemy? Finally, given that this administration is basically shredding the Constitution and all or most of what it stands for, and trying to replace it with socialism- how is that not an attack on the Constitution and America? How can we not conclude that this administration is not a domestic enemy of the people??

    • DEEDEE
      March 15, 2012 at 12:15 pm

      @Mountainman- I AGREE with YOU!!! But then… How many more times is this administration going to do something ILLEGALLY and get away with it?? It happens DAILY!!! But people CONTINUE to support the commies. How sad!! I don’t know what they teach the kids of today- but it damn sure isn’t how to BE a Great AMERICAN- I cannot BELIEVE all of thr socialistic behaviour in our country!! And the “wants” and “demands” of the lazy Americans!! The socialistic idots don’t realize what it has taken to keep OUR Country Great and STRONG!! They sit back and have their hands OUT!! I’m so sick of the entitlements and the people who have a whole lot to say about NOTHING!!! Idiots! Complete failures of society. They need to pack their shit and go live someplace where Communism is thriving- and let the TRUE AMERICANS VOTE!!! And FIGHT for OUR FREEDOMS!!!

  13. Rob
    March 15, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Sorry but that is pathetic!!!! We need a small detachment to march into the capital building and arrest our govt. We have lost our spine!!!

  14. ToM
    March 15, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Go Vote someone voted these Cowards into the office,

    • sherman
      March 19, 2012 at 12:20 pm

      find me someone with balls to vote for and i will

  15. Jarhead
    March 15, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    people iam more pissed then most being a viet nam vet, my advice to some of you commenting here, this site along with others is monitored and some of the people here are not who they say they are and will try to push your buttons , remember the homeland security office deemed us returning vets a THREAT, there just looking for a reason semper fi

  16. BIO
    March 16, 2012 at 5:43 am

    No big surprise here as the book is unfolding everyday. I am not a O fan at all but I hate to think that he is as good as in for another 4 years and the GOP race is little more than a dog and pony show. When he goes into his second term and he will the military will be unionized,which sounds impossible,but everything has been put into play.Oh and the announcement will come on a Friday evening when people are not paying attention.

  17. mojo
    March 16, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    unarmed marines in a combat zone? did the person who ordered this travisty serve in combat? i dont know but if he had would he have worried about armed marines? i dought it. must be a washington moron. shame shame

  18. Bob Lee
    March 18, 2012 at 12:22 am

    Probably Mr. Panetta thought some Marine might have known enough to feel justification to hurt him. Who knows what secret crimes Mr. Panetta has committed, and who might have knowledge? Government “service attracts control freaks and sociopaths, and the most devious and unscrupulous rise to the pinnacles of power, and those aren’t the front men, the fall guys who take the blame, like presidents, but the ones you never vote for, like Zbignew and Leon, and the unseen ones that they work for.

  19. Jeannette
    March 21, 2012 at 2:45 am

    I have never owned a working gun. I have been to places where I should have carried one, ministering, and the Lord always protected me. I know this is horrible that our own government is selling us out in order to pay off some jerks over-seas, but I still trust the Lord. He is all I have ever had, and why should it be any different now? I am tired of living in fear. I choose to live in trust.

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